In addition to the constitutional concerns and political ramifications of admitting a new overwhelmingly blue state to the union, Johnson implied the Senate should be wary of Washingtonians who “have a vested interest in the power of the federal government.”
“This seems like just a naked power grab,” Johnson, R-Wis., said Tuesday of D.C.’s longtime quest to become a state.
“This an elite group of people here that have a vested interest in the power of the federal government,” Johnson added. “And I think that is one of the issues that we need to address when we’re talking about whether we should grant statehood in the District Columbia.”
Johnson argued that while there is poverty in areas of D.C., the district is “not made of many disadvantaged individuals because the average median income of the District Columbia is $ 92,000. That compares to the average median income nationally of $ 65,000.”